Date Posted... Sep 10th 2018
Louis was seeded 5/8 in a strong international draw.
After a first round bye, Louis played fellow Englishman Usman Ali (England ranked No.25). This proved to be a very difficult match against a very talented Yorkshireman. Louis managed to win 12-10 in the 5th after a great match where both players played exciting, attacking squash (8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10).
The next round saw another Englishman, Mehul Chopra (England ranked No. 20). Again, a great match with both players attacking all four corners of the court. Mehul played with great composure (and sportsmanship) and Louis eventually won in 5 (11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-16).
The quarter final saw Louis drawn again the No. 2 seed, Irishman, Jack O’Flynn (ranked No. 11 in Europe). Louis has played Jack twice before and lost both times. Louis played great squash to knock out the No. 2 seed in four games (11-5, 12-10, 2-11, 11-1).
In the semi-final Louis played Welsh No. 2, Rhys Evans. Although Louis got off to a slow start, he was unlucky not to win the 3rd game, eventually losing to the strong Welshman (11-4, 11-7, 13-11).
In the 3rd/4th play-off, things did not get easier as he faced Welsh No.1, Daniel Lewis. Louis played patient, constructive squash but the Welshman was too strong on the day, winning in 3 (11-5, 11-5, 11-8).
The Welsh Junior Open was a great tournament for Louis. He played 5 extremely tough matches in 3 days against great opponents and learnt a lot. To finish 4th in such a strong international draw was proof that Louis is continuously improving and can compete with some of the best European players.